Twentymile Loop Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 66.5 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
6,802 Steps 1  (3.0 mi)


The Twentymile Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,644 ft (806 m), a minimum elevation of 1,916 ft (584 m), and an elevation range of 728 ft (222 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6,8023.0 mi1,916 ft2,644 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.6 hrs24.6295 ft833 ft
[ B to A ]
1.7 hrs69.4833 ft295 ft

What is the length of the Twentymile Loop Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.0 mi (4.8 km) or 6,802 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Twentymile Loop Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Twentymile Loop Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Great Smoky Mountains National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  5. Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Santeetlah Creek, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Robbinsville, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hewitt, NC

Is there a Twentymile Loop trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Twentymile Loop Trail is located on the Fontana Dam topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.